TheBalm Sexy Mama

4.2

93 reviews

77% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

mica, boron nitride, polyethylene (and) PTFE, zea mays (Corn) starch, silica, isoeicosane, zinc stearate, styrene/DVB copolymer, polyisobutene, dimethylimidinone rice starch, iron oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, gossypium herbaceum (Cotton) powder, sodium dehydroacetate, dimethicone.


on 4/18/2015 7:26:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Black

Back when I was new at this makeup thing, theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder was both much raved about, affordable, and easily available to me. So I got one. Until I discovered pressed powders from NARS and MAC Cosmetics, Sexy Mama was my go-to setting and oil-control powder. It was fine, I dealt with its weaknesses when I encountered themóbut it simply buckles under comparison.

The first couple of weeks of using it, I was enamored. It held the shinies at bayóit kept my T-zone matte, and it set my concealing wonderfully. And then summer crept in, and everything would feel heavy and slide-y; but my base would do so more noticeably under this powder. It looks like it's actively separating my foundation from my skin. It didn't along so well with Double Wear; it makes my Laura Mercier Silk CrŤme cake. I noticed that that impressive anti-shine quality that made me so mad for it in the first weeks really only lasted for over an houróless, if Iím moving. Which means that by the time I got to work, the commute had made sure all traces of Sexy Mama would have become a moisty, cakey mess. Eww.

That melting-cake effect can be easily fixed with a blotting powder, sureóbut I shouldnít have to do anything like this in an hour or less. And Iíve realized that itís not very translucent at all. Itís more of a very, very, very fair shade, and with hints of shimmer to it. It has no coverage whatsoever, so I havenít really worn this on my own, so all I know is how unimpressive its performance is, when paired with other bases. I think, though, that I started getting really pissed at this when I noticed that my T-zone gets shiny in no time at all, and that it actually lessened that effectiveness of Double Wear. That is: If I set Double Wear, even just powder my nose with this, the liquid foundation wonít last as long on me.

Itís very handy to have in oneís bag, sureówonít that be said of any other compact pressed powder?óbut this means I actually have to reach for it several times during the day. Which is not very good at all.

It's been about a year since I first bought it, and I'd stopped using it (um tolerating it?) some seven months ago. I reach for it when I'm only going out to do errands, and I don't want to cut into other products.

A note on the packaging: I have a pretty lukewarm relationship with packaging of theBalm products. I like the pin-up girls on this one, the bronzer, and the blushóbut the rest of the products, I pretty much hate. I personally think they run too close to tacky. This powderís in sturdy cardboard, with a handy little mirror, as well as a cardboard slip for added protection; I like that itís slim and can be neatly tucked away. I occasionally think that the pin-up should have been oriented differently, since when you open the compact, itís sidewaysóbut thatís the neurotic, irrelevant part of me.



Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

In all honesty, this powder was just all right. The packaging, of course, is beyond adorable, and that's what lead me to pick this up at first. Reading all the good reviews, I thought I'd give it a try. I thought the price was a little more expensive--especially for what I usually go for, which is more drugstore types of powder. But I thought I would see what all the hype was about, and go for a more high-end-ish type of powder.

I didn't notice any outstanding oxidation on my face, or the orangey cast I've seen mentioned in some other reviews, and I'm super pale, so it would be more noticeable on me. As for coverage, it was nice once put on, but I have combination skin, and it didn't do that great of a job keeping me oil-free. Even when I applied more, I still noticed some shiny spots.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad powder, and the packaging is absolutely adorable, but it's not the best, especially for more oily skin. I wouldn't repurchase, mainly for the price, and because I prefer a very matte finish.


on 12/1/2014 5:19:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I don't usually use powder on my skin because because I thought heavy coverage would be bad for my dry, sensitive and clogging-prone skin, which is why I used to just put on some BB cream and head out for the day. Now I realize it's just my irrational fear from buying bad products, because a fantastic powder like this does exist!

When my skin started clearing up and I transitioned into liquid foundation to achieve a flawless look, I bought a Maybelline 2-way cake to set the foundation which was a big regret for me. I have not touched it since I got Sexy Mama. Admittedly I bought Sexy Mama on a whim because the packaging looked so cute and it was on sale, but lo and behold! It keeps my face matte and perfect and lasts for more than 6 hours without making me look caky or flaky. A good powder is absolutely essential, just a good liquid foundation is not enough for that airbrushed finish.

I took one lippie off because I remember the powder being very smooth finely milled when I swatched it in the store but the surface of the compact has somehow turned rough on me and cardboard packaging always seems a little cheap even though it is compact and travel-friendly. Thankfully the powder still functions perfectly after months of daily use and I will definitely repurchase!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I have had this a while and haven't been able to part with it because the packaging, like all theBalm packaging, is just so cute! But this translucent touch-up powder is not working for me. Far from being translucent, it is quite dark and yellow-toned once applied, and it tended to oxidize and darken on me as the day went on and go a bit orangey. As a stylish, portable compact I give it an "A" but I give the powder inside "F". It's also pricey at $26.00 CAD.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I really love this stuff. I love the packaging and I think the price is reasonable. I carry it with me during the day and it is my touch-up powder with a mini kabuki brush. It doesn't oxidise on me, and doesn't appear to build up on my skin or look cakey. It just takes away the shine and makes my skin appear a little better! I will definitely repurchase this.


on 7/28/2014 12:44:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I bought this product because of the genius packaging...
I use it as a setting powder after my liquid foundation. I use it under my eyes too.
It is a good powder but it does not last all day. It stays 4-5 hours in my combination/dry skin. It is a decent product but a bit pricey.
I will not buy it again because i want to try other setting powders.


on 6/20/2014 10:21:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I bought this a few weeks ago in a package with the Bahama mama and hot mama for only 38.50! This powder really does keep your skin matte for a long time! The packaging is adorable and I like that it has a magnetized lid! After wearing this for a few days straight, I noticed a few more breakouts than normal... so I stopped wearing this and they cleared up. I was so upset to find out that this powder breaks me out, and apparently it happens to quite a few other people!


on 6/19/2014 4:33:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

Here I go again.

I love TheBalm, I have NEVER been disappointed with their products.

This does what it does, it's a translucent anti-shine powder. I use it as setting powder after I've put on my liquid or cream foundation.
As always, it last's all day so I don't need to touch up throughout the day and that's a winning because I have combination skin and normally throughout the day my face is loaded with so much oil I can reflect light off my face.


on 6/11/2014 8:06:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I don't know how to rate this powder. The oil control is good but it's oxidized on me, turned me into one of those oompah loompah within 15 min. I've been using tonymoly bcdation and wanted something to help with my shiny nose toward the end of the day, so after reading all the reviews I picked one up but :( I will give it another try when the weather is cooler to see if the weather is the cause because I never had makeup oxidize on me before. Weird!!!!!!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 5/24/2014 12:47:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is truly an amazing product! I expected it to be ok but it is even better. it keeps me matte and does not look like I'm wearing anything. This is a nice product with A+ packaging. Its more like a setting powder over your bb cream/foundation/tm or concealer.


Recommended for Normal Skin



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